Small & Large Intestine

Colonoscopy Screening for Preventing and Detecting Colon Cancer

A colonoscopy screening can not only catch colon cancer early – when it is most treatable – but a colonoscopy can also stop colon cancer before it develops by finding and removing pre-cancerous polyps.

Getting a UH Colonoscopy during COVID-19

Following guidelines from the CDC, UH has enhanced our infection control measures and can assure you that it is safe to come to us for care. To delay your screening may pose a greater threat to your health than the virus itself.

If you are at high risk for colon cancer or are experiencing symptoms, you should schedule your procedure immediately. If you are low risk, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of colonoscopy and if alternative at-home tests are a good option for you. Please note, if at-home test results are positive, a diagnostic colonoscopy will then be necessary.

Schedule a Colonoscopy

Call 216-844-3636 or schedule your appointment online.

Colonoscopy Procedure & Screening

More than 50,000 men and women in the U.S. die annually from colorectal cancer, making it the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Yet, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers.

University Hospitals offers convenient access to colonoscopy services at locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Our physicians are highly trained in both detecting the presence of polyps or other abnormalities and at diagnosing colorectal cancer. If colon cancer is found, our patients have access to state-of-the-art treatment options and the full expertise of our colorectal cancer team.

Who Should Get a Colonoscopy

You should have a colonoscopy screening if:

  • You are a man or woman age 45 or older with no risk factors
  • You are a man or woman age 40 with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of colorectal polyps, blood in your stool, abdominal pain or other symptoms

What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is widely regarded as the gold standard for colon cancer screening and is the most comprehensive test for early detection of colon cancer. A colonoscopy screening is also the only colon cancer screening that can stop cancer before it begins.